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Principal's News

Dear Parents, Guardians & Students,

May flowers and warm temperatures herald the arrival of spring and the countdown to the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year.  We are very proud of the many wonderful activities and accomplishments that our students and staff have achieved.  They have grown tremendously and many are becoming mature young men and women.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, your children and our amazing staff for making it possible to have such an outstanding year! 

During the next few weeks, our 8th graders will be enjoying several end of the year activities.  Please pay special attention to the list of important dates in this newsletter so you do not miss any of them.  Please also note that our Final Exam schedule has been posted on our website and in this Newsletter, and it contains specific information for each grade level. 

Please also remind your children of the importance of following our dress code as the weather continues to get warmer.  We appreciate your support with this process.  If you have any questions or concerns about this, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Finally, as we look forward to concluding the school year on a positive note, let us be inspired by the words of College Football Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz, “Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude.” 

I hope you continue to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures that are upon us and look forward to celebrating the end of a successful school year for all. 


Robert S. Bergmann

Important Dates

May 24 -June 2     Science Performance Assessment - Grade 8

May 25                  Superintendent’s Conf. Day No School for Students

May 26 -May 29   Memorial Day Weekend Schools Closed

Upcoming Events

June 1     NJHS Induction Ceremony 6:30 p.m. VCES

June 9    Grade 8 Moving Up Celebration Camp Kiwi, Carmel, NY
                5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

June 13-
June 22   Final Exams 

June 15   Bobcat Awards 6:30 p.m. VCES

June 19   Grade 8 Awards Ceremony
                 7:00 p.m. VCES

June 21   Moving Up Ceremony Grade 8 LHS

June 22   Last Day for 6th/7th Grade
                 No School for 8th Grade

June 23   No School for Students

2016-2017 Final Exam Schedule

June 13th    Math 6, 7, 8 Exam
                    Arrival:  9:15 a.m.
                    Dismissal:  12:15 p.m.

                    Algebra Regents
                    Arrival:  12:15 p.m.
                    Dismissal:  3:35 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.

June 14th   Last Instructional Day – Regular School Schedule
                   Earth Science Waiver Test for 7th grade students
                   (afterschool hours by invitation only)

June 15th   Earth Science Regents
                   Arrival:  12:15 p.m.
                   Dismissal:  3:35 p.m. / 4:30 p.m.
                  (NO SCHOOL FOR GRADE 6, 7 & SCIENCE 8 STUDENTS)

June 16th  Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School 50th Celebration
                  Team Project Presentations
                  Arrival:  9:15 a.m. Regular time
                  Dismissal:  12:15 p.m.
                  Open House: 2-4 and 6-8 More info will follow. 

June 19th  Foreign Language Exam – Grades 7 and 8
                  Arrival for 7th and 8th grade students:  9:15 a.m.
                  Dismissal:  12:15 p.m.
                  Social Studies Exam – Grade 6  
                  Arrival:  12:15 p.m.
                  Dismissal:  3:35 p.m.

June 20th  8th Grade Breakfast and Moving-Up Practice
                  Arrival:  9:15 a.m.
                  Dismissal:  12:15 p.m.
                  English Exam - Grades 6 and 7
                  Arrival:  12:15 p.m.
                  Dismissal:  3:35 p.m.

June 21st  8th Grade Moving-Up Ceremony @ LHS
                         Team B:  11:15 a.m.
                         Team A:  12:45 p.m.
                         Team E:  2:15 p.m.
                         Team D:  3:45 p.m. 
                         Team C:  5:15 p.m.
(Students are to report directly to LHS for their ceremony. 
No transportation will be provided.  More info will follow).  

June 22nd    Science 6 and 7 Exam
                     Arrival:  9:15 a.m
                     Dismissal:  12:15 p.m.
                     (NO SCHOOL FOR GRADE 8 STUDENTS)

June 23rd Rating Day – (NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS)

Classroom Happenings

*Sixth grade ELA students have read the novel, “Among the Hidden”, while integrating the story plot with Social Studies and comparing this science fiction society to China’s Cultural Revolution and the One/Two Child Policy.  The students have either written or have started writing stories and memoirs and have enjoyed the introspective reflection process of writing about their own lives.  In Social Studies classes, they explored Sparta and Athens, learned about Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” and the roots of Democracy, while marveling at the accomplishments of Alexander the Great in Ancient Greece.  Recently, the classes “traveled” to Ancient Rome and are studying the Roman Republic and Empire and the great ambitions of Julius Caesar.  Social Studies classes will also stop through Medieval Times with a visit from Hudson Valley’s master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk!

*Ms. Scagnelli’s Consumer Science sixth grade students have just completed the consumer labs and will begin the clothing unit with quality and fit.  They will also be introduced to clothing design and will be challenged to create their own garment using a bag and recyclable materials.  It is our version of Project Runway!  Eighth grade Consumer Science students are working on the career exploration unit.  They are taking several surveys to determine personality, values, aptitude, and career interest in order to determine how they correlate to job choices and success.

*In Music News… The Grade 8 Band will be marching in the Katonah Fireman’s Parade on Wednesday, June 7th at 7 p.m.  The Select Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, and Select Orchestra will be performing a Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble, Cortlandt Town Center on June 1st at 4:30 p.m. 

*Seventh grade Social Studies classes are heading towards the Civil War in the month of May.  In Ms. Fox’s classes, students will role play Congressmen from various states in 1850’s dramatic debates about admitting California as a Free State.  Our time period has gotten modern enough that we have photos of all these people and places to enhance living history for the students.  In Flex class, Ms. Fox’s 7th grade students have been researching historical figures from the early 19th Century and designing awards for them.

*As the school year winds down, the Art Department is as busy as ever.  The students in Mrs. Moran’s classes are working on a variety of projects.  Eighth grade students are finishing up a gridding project based on POP Art.  Sixth grade students have finished their Elements of Art Sketchbook and are now applying that knowledge to a linear perspective project in the style of Peter Max.  Gallery One was a success, and all artwork that was on display has been returned to students.  Ms. Graessle’s sixth graders are working on a color scheme painting using tempera paints.  They are enjoying tinting, toning, and shading their colors!  Seventh graders are completing an oil pastel “dragon eye”, which is accompanied by a short creative essay.  They will publish their statements along with a photograph of their artwork on  Seventh graders will move onto calligrams, which feature a self-portrait created with words only from their stream of consciousness.  Sixth graders will finish the year out by learning how to create the illusion of space on a flat surface using a variety of drawing and coloring techniques.

*In Ms. McMorris’s Computer Applications classes, students are excited to start Computer programming, which will carry us through the end of the quarter.  All students in the building in grades 6 and 7 have used Tynker, our coding program, at some point this year, and can continue to work on independent projects over the summer.  Students can log in using their Lakeland Google Account to create games and other projects through the tutorials on Tynker.  Students at LCBMS can also continue to work on their typing skills with Typing Agent over the summer through the district homepage.

*On June 1st, LCBMS will be inducting 105 students into the National Junior Honor Society!  This select group of members worked hard throughout the school year to demonstrate their talents of scholarship, service, citizenship, leadership and character.  Please join us at VCES beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Congratulations inductees!!!

Health Office Announcements:

Forms have been mailed home regarding the New York State physical exam and meningococcal requirements for all students entering the 7th grade in the 2017-2018 school year.  Please follow the instructions that were included in the letter.  This is a mandatory requirement for entry into 7th grade in September, 2017. 

Any student who would like to try out for a Fall 2017 sport for the school district, is required to have a current physical exam on file in the Nurse’s Office.  This exam must be dated on or after September 5, 2016, for Copper Beech athletes and August 1, 2016 for high school athletes.  The exam must include blood pressure, height, weight, vision and hearing tests and notation by MD stating, “Student may participate in school athletics/sports program”.  Should your MD not complete the vision and hearing test, the Nurse’s Office will need to complete this prior to sports participation.

Sports registration is completed by parents on the school district website.  The sports online process will open August 18th for Copper Beech Middle school athletes and close on August 24th.  Students who will be playing for a high school athletic team will need to complete the online sports registration which open July 28th and closes on August 7th.

All student medications that were provided to the Nurse for the 2016-2017 school year will need to be picked up from the Nurse’s Office by an adult no later than June 22, 2017, or they will be discarded.

The Nurse’s Office is closed beginning on June 26th and will reopen on September 5, 2017.  Please plan accordingly should you need to drop off any medications for the 2017-2018 school year.
8th Grade End of Year Activities

June 1st:  NJHS Induction Ceremony at Van Cortlandtville Elementary at 6:30 p.m.  (Inductees please arrive at 6:00 p.m. in appropriate clothing).

June 9th:  8th Grade Moving Up Celebration at Camp Kiwi (a PTA sponsored event) in Carmel from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

June 19th:  8th Grade Awards Night. This is by invitation only and will be held at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School beginning at 7 p.m.

June 21st:  Moving Up Ceremonies at Lake land High School Toby Willa Sackowitz  Memorial Auditorium.  Students are to report directly to LHS.  No transportation will be provided.

Team B:  11:15 a.m.
Team A:  12:45 p.m.
Team E:  2:15 p.m.
Team D:  3:45 p.m.
Team C:  5:15 p.m.

Upcoming Spring Musical Concert Info.

May 22    6th Grade Orchestra
                 8th Grade Orchestra
                 8th Grade Select
                 WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

May 23    7th Grade Orchestra
                 7th Grade Select
                 WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

May 24   7th Grade Band
               WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

June 12  6th Grade Band
                8th Grade Band
                WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

June 13  6th Grade Band
                8th Grade Chorus
                WPHS at 7:00 p.m.

June 14 6th Grade Chorus
               7th Grade Chorus
               WPHS at 7:00

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